Fastest Known Podcast
Coming to you every Friday: interviews with FKT-setters and other athletes in the world of Fastest Known Times.
Seth is one of those 'fast guys'. On one of the legendary CU track teams. He ran a 1:06:50 Half Marathon - while running a full Marathon.
"Knowing what you enjoy ... that's the beauty of FKTs ... you can find your niche in the larger space."
"My brother and I attempted Nolans 14 a few years ago ... didn't make it ... that's the beauty of it; being humbled in the mountains."
There are now 52 Routes in Sweden, 34 of which were established just in the last few months! Why?
We like to challenge ourselves, and FKTs are a wonderful outlet. Our view is FKTs should be an ultra distance.
Ultra indeed. Welcome to the country that invented ÖTILLÖ, which is "island hopping" by swimming to multiple islands, running across them, then swimming to the next one.
You just put two points on the map, go from A to B, by any route you want, choosing your own strategy.
Strava is everywhere! Quietly, not saying much, even though this company is fundamental in our recreational lives. But what goes on behind the curtain?
Strava reminds me of Apple - the minimalist interface, the super clean look - and they don't spray, they let the products do the talking.
We're focussed on what athletes need and want. We were able to hire the best people in San Francisco because they believed in Strava - we're mission-driven, and they got to build products for a sport they really cared about.
Jason Hardrath and Ashly Winchester have notched 81 FKTs - 61 for Jason, and 20 for Ashly - in only the last two years.
"I'm not fast, but opportunistic, and will snag the women's FKT whenever possible."
"I go back to what Peter Bakwin told me: FKTs are like art - you know it when you see it, and you know it when you don't."
Their most recent FKT is the Lava Beds National Monument Traverse:
What is the difference between a "path", a "trail", a "way, and a "walk"? And why does everyone say they are from "Great Britain" when there is not a country called that? It's a little different over the pond - listen to Tim explain it all - coming from the birthplace of trail running.
"When the Romans arrived, they built trails starting right at the sea, and going east to west across the country. It was their road system. They are called National Trails, are still here, and you can still run them, two thousand years later."
Listen to me horribly mispronounce Bart's name, his kind correction, and then Bart explain the situation in Belgium:
"Starting today, we have entered the 'Exit Strategy' in Belgium - groups of 20 can go for a run - but no competitions until at least 7/31."
Western Europe has a VERY organized trail running scene - routes not only have their own webpages, but are all are clearly marked and identified. Bart explains the difference between "GR" routes, and the new "Extra Trail" designation.
One of the best mountain runners in the world started as a Jiu Jitsu champion in Brazil. Visiting New Zealand in 2006, she got involved with Kiwi adventure multi-sports, then ran a Half-Marathon in the mountains - in the exact same time as her previous best, set on a flat paved course.
"My family were fighters. Then I discovered mountains."